Learning the Dutch language online is a godsend. Taaltutor’s tutors have known this since 2013. Because of its small groups or one-on-one setting, it provides many advantages: Personal attention, flexible lesson times and location, focus on conversation, no stress due to the absence of travel time, no travel costs and hence, less burdening of the environment.
Taaltutor was founded by Sandra Wormgoor in 2010. After Sandra had gained experience from 1999 to 2010 as a language teacher for English and Dutch as a second language (NT2) in secondary vocational education, she started working as an independent language teacher in 2010. She wanted to teach more personally, on location and online. She does this to this day, together with a pool of six to eight other freelance language teachers. With great pleasure!
Until 2015, Sandra taught language lessons at vocational schools and in business. In 2013, she received her first application from a Belgian woman who wanted to brush up on her English. Online, that was her request. From that moment on, Sandra has been offering online language courses in Dutch and English as second languages.
Taaltutor’s students all come from very diverse backgrounds. They have tutored people of many different ages (16+), nationalities and professions, including those in engineering, IT, health care, management and administration. Increasingly, Sandra also works together with independent tutors with Dutch and English as their native tongue and at least one other foreign language. See where our tutors live and work.
Sandra graduated in 1995 with an MA in American Studies from Utrecht University. She was introduced to the field of education through a voluntary job as a language teacher in a refugee center. Sandra decided this was what she wanted to do and worked for ten years at an IT Academy as an English teacher. In 2010 it was time to broaden the horizon and she started Taaltutor. The name is a reference to the two languages I teach: Dutch (‘taal’ means language) and English (‘tutor’). One of the main reasons for becoming an independent teacher was her belief that many people benefit from a personal and secure learning environment in which students can and dare to speak more easily in the target language. This is what she and colleagues try to pursue in all their language lessons.
We offer the following tailored Dutch lessons:
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From 2016, Sandra decided to start working with other freelance language teachers because of the increase of lesson requests. Gradually, a network of independent (international) language teachers emerged with years of work experience in both language education and the business world. Here, the language tutors introduce themselves to you.
The name Taaltutor originates from a colleague of Sandra’s in secondary vocational education. Michael Kreijns came up with a booklet in 2006 with the resounding title ‘Tutoren’. This word was not yet established in the Dutch language at the time. The two languages that Taaltutor offered from 2010 were Dutch and English. That’s why Sandra came up with a name with a Dutch word ‘taal’ and an English word ‘tutor’. A tutor in Oxford means “a mentor who teaches a small group of students”. One of the pillars on which Taaltutor still thrives: small-scale education, with attention for the student.
Teaching from home, no need to board a train or car, no parking costs, no travel time, in many ways taking and teaching online classes is a blessing for people and the environment. Often people asked Sandra (pre corona times): “Isn’t it impersonal?” The answer is simple: Not if the group is very small or if it concerns private lessons. Fortunately, during the pandemic, many people have discovered how nice it can be to communicate with others online.
Besides the fact that we can choose to teach without or with very limited travel time (for students who live in our own village or city), the electricity we use during the lessons is generated on the roof of some language tutors via solar panels of their house. This form of education is pretty sustainable and hence our ecological footprint is less than when we keep traveling to courses.
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